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parentMesoamérica
siblingsAmantecayotlAztecEx-convento San Miguel Arcángel, HuejotzingoJosé Guadalupe PosadaLa VentaMayaSan Agustín, AcolmanSan Francisco de Asís, San Andrés CalpanSan Miguel Arcángel, IxmiquilpanTeotihuacanVeracruz

Tikal

Largest Maya city, population about 70,000.

Early Maya precedent for use and display of monumental structures. It had a theocracy, a priestly ruling class. Architcture had to impress the common people. Tikal is not built on a grid plan. Instead, the plazas, pyramid-temples, ballcourts are situated on high ground that is connected by elevated roads (causeway). Temple 1 covers the tomb of Ruler A (628-727 CE). Stone crest above temple is a roof comb (bright painted sculptures decorated it).